This study examined the use of health care by police officers after the air disaster in Amsterdam. On average 8.5 years post-disaster, involved police officers (n = 834, who reported disaster-related tasks), and their non-involved colleagues (n = 634) completed questionnaires on disaster involvement and health care in the preceding 12 months. Logistic regression showed that involved police officers more often used drugs on their own initiative, sleeping pills or tranquillisers, and consulted a general practitioner or medical specialist, a paramedical specialist, and a privately practicing psychologist or psychiatrist. Thus, even after years, police officers involved in disaster work may use more self-initiated health care.

Disasters, Medical care utilization, Police, Rescue workers
dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckm078, hdl.handle.net/1765/30214
European Journal of Public Health
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Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Slottje, P, Smidt, N, Twisk, J.W.R, Huizink, A.C, Witteveen, A.B, van Mechelen, W, & Smid, T. (2008). Use of health care and drugs by police officers 8.5. years after the air disaster in Amsterdam. European Journal of Public Health, 18(1), 92–94. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckm078